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7-year sentence for drunken driving deaths

MERRILL, Wis. (AP) — A Merrill woman convicted of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed two friends and injured a third has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Ashley Baumann was sentenced in Lincoln County on seven counts, including two charges of homicide while driving drunk. She’ll also be supervised for an additional five years upon her release.

The 26-year-old Baumann was charged in a rollover crash that killed 33-year-old Jessica Hartwig and 31-year-old Misty Glisch in June 2012. A third passenger, Jerrica Woller, was seriously injured.

According to the complaint, Woller warned Baumann about her reckless driving minutes before the fatal crash.

A state crime lab report showed Baumann had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent three hours after the crash. That’s nearly double Wisconsin’s legal limit.

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